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Old 09-07-2014, 04:34 PM   #406
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I'd personally put Sunday Bloody Sunday, Drowning Man, Rejoice, Another Time Another Place (such an underrated song - Edge's guitar solo and Bono's random mix of Bongolese and German are fantastic) and October (although Twilight could creep in as well) to round up the top 10.
Twilight would make my top ten as well. The riff in that one drives home how good Edge was in those early days; it's simple but has a ton of character and angularity that something like Crazy Tonight completely lacks.

Drowning Man is a favorite as well. For me the first five songs of War are the best side of music they have ever recorded.
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Old 09-07-2014, 05:14 PM   #407
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OMG guyz is this like U2 list thread nowwww
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Old 09-08-2014, 11:38 PM   #408
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OMG guyz is this like U2 list thread nowwww
How about another U2 list!!! (I've been listening to a random U2 mix while running lately)

My top five U2 songs of the 21st Century:

5. Breathe. Takes a lot of chances but connects solidly on most of them; the semi-coherent lyrics make sense with Bono's frantic cadence, and the cello adds a nice bit of understated flair. It's confident but not over-reaching, which is something of a rare occurrence on 2000s tracks.

4. Fast Cars. Easily the best song of the Bomb era - it has a great deal of character against the sterility of Bomb itself. Catchy as hell and reminds me of a more jubilant version of The Cure's "The Blood."

3. Beautiful Day. Perhaps oversold in the context of their whole career, but a hell of a cathartic song regardless. The sentimentality works because it's simple: the "what you don't have" bit at the end is one of my favorite Bono lyrics from any era. A nice bonus is Edge's backing howl.

2. Moment of Surrender. Atmospheric and soul-searching with a compelling down-tempo groove, Eno's little ambient parts really lift this track, as does Bono's impassioned vocal performance. Even at seven minutes it leaves you wanting more, which is a hell of an accomplishment.

1. The Ground Beneath Her Feet. Should be mentioned among U2's best-ever songs. It moves between understated and explosive seamlessly and makes a direct hit in evoking a sense of desire for something out of reach. You have to wonder what could have been had U2 followed the direction this song pointed toward.
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Old 09-09-2014, 12:16 AM   #409
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Top 3 U2 songs post-No Line On The Horizon:

1. Soon
2. Invisicock

Do I have to list 3?
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Old 09-09-2014, 12:42 AM   #410
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Mercy, COBL, No Line title track, MOS, and something else for top 5 U2 of this century. Maybe BD or Stuck.
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Old 09-09-2014, 12:45 AM   #411
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Mercy, COBL, No Line title track, MOS, and something else for top 5 U2 of this century. Maybe BD or Stuck.
For reals, I'd agree with those first four, and then probably Fast Cars.
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Old 09-09-2014, 02:51 AM   #412
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Yeah, The Ground Beneath Her Feet is the best.

Don't particularly care for the rest.
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Probably some order of Walk On, Stuck, Kite, Ground and Unknown Caller.
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Ground Beneath Her Feet, Stateless, Moment of Surrender, COBL, Beautiful Day.
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my top 5 would be something like the first 5 songs off atyclb if you swapped out elevation for breathe.

Ground beneath her feet is really that well-liked? I always thought of it as a mediocre b-side that only people from this place knew about. I'm pretty sure I listened to it once or twice and thought that was enough, because I don't remember at all what the song sounds like.
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It's not a b-side, it was a single and had a video.

And yeah, it dominates most 00s polls on this site, and for good reason. I wish they would go back to making music like that instead of knockoff U2 pop garbage like Krazy Tonite. A mature sound like that would suit them better at this point in their career.
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It features a beautiful organ riff, fantastic guitar work from The Edge, great climax and a band that actually sounds completely unburdened and comfortable in their own skin.
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Alright then, top five pre-1984 U2 songs:

1. New Year's Day
2. Gloria
3. The Electric Co.
4. Twilight
5. Treasure (Whatever Happened to Pete the Chop?)

That's a third of my top fifteen U2 songs, in fact. Every single one sounds as fresh as the first time I heard them. I understand people being a bit over songs like SBS, but those five songs haven't weakened a bit from overplay. And by god did I overplay them a decade ago.

And top five 2000s U2 songs:

1. Electrical Storm
2. The Ground Beneath Her Feet
3. Native Son
4. Fez-Being Born
5. No Line on the Horizon II

Literally none of which are in my top thirty.
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Old 09-09-2014, 05:39 AM   #419
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If there is one song that absolutely never gets old for me and I could listen to it any time, it's New Year's Day.
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It's not a b-side, it was a single and had a video.

And yeah, it dominates most 00s polls on this site, and for good reason. I wish they would go back to making music like that instead of knockoff U2 pop garbage like Krazy Tonite. A mature sound like that would suit them better at this point in their career.
Crazy Tonight is garbage, but I had no idea of any of the other stuff. I recognize the title, but I have absolutely no recollection of the song. I might have to look for it when I get home from work, at the very least just to see what on earth you people are talking about.
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